Elegant Palace Size Antique Persian 11' X 16' Kerman Museum Piece
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If you like to own a piece of history you got to have this rug. Antique Lavar Karmen rugs are part of vanishing artwork that are disappearing little by little. Most of antique Karmen rugs are either worn out in use or been collected by collectors. These days Real antique Karmen rugs are very hard to find, if you come across a real Lavar Karmen most likely it is worn out and is in very poor shape, but this beauty has survived over one hundred years of use, or maybe not, it could have been in the hand of a compassionate collector, It would be wonderful to know all about its past life and how it spent its hundred years and still stay so young and vivacious; only if this rug could speak.
It measures about 10'10" X 16'4" this rug is in perfect condition, it has its original pile and two side selvages are intact. It has NO dry rots NO weak foundation. The colors are breathtaking; one has to see it to believe it. We believe all its colors are vegetable dye, the beautiful navy blue and light blue are made of indigo, Saffron yellow is full of life; over twenty (20) colors been used on this rug. This rug is woven with 325 knots per square inch that means over eight million two hundred eighty thousand (8,280,000) knots been carefully tight on each foundation to make this rug in this design with all that fine-looking color combination. This rug should be appreciated for its sentimental value and its uniqueness. With over a hundred year of age it is still in great shape to beautify your home for years to come.
Brief history of Karmen rugs
Karmen rugs are woven in the city of Karmen in southeastern Persia and several small towns and villages in the vicinity. The pattern of Karmen rugs is almost always curvilinear with the exception of the famous Karmen pictorials which fall under the pictorial category of pattern. Karmen rugs are woven in a variety of intricate designs from cartoons.
The more modern designs mainly developed for the Western market in the late 19th century are either Aubussons or Koran (Quran) medallion-and-corners with an open field. The open field is actually an important distinguishing characteristic of these modern Karmen rugs. The traditional Karmen designs consist of Shah Abbasi medallion-and-corner, all-over floral, all-over boteh, striped designs, paneled garden, tree-of-life, prayer, vase, garden, hunting, animal, and the famous elaborate pictorials using both Persian and European themes. Usually 15 to 30 colors are used in one rug. The two most common colors used in antique and semi-antique rugs are rich red and red-blue. More recent rugs tend to have pastel colors such as lime green, pink, ivory and gray-blue. Turquoise, orange, champagne and beige are also among the commonly used colors. Karmen rugs are woven with the asymmetric (Persian) knot
Karmen is both a city and a Province of Persia. So a Karmen rug may be from the city but more likely the carpet would come from the Province. Raver or Lavar as it is called in the West has had the reputation for the finest Karmen carpets. These so called Lavar Karmen may actually be made in a number of places in Karmen but the market calls them Lavar Karmen. Evidence shows that Laver Karmen rugs were also made in Rafsanjan and that the production of certain producers such as Atiyeh are sold as Lavar Karmen.
We can expect Karmen carpets to range between 200 and 400 knots per square inch. If a carpet is towards the upper end of the range then it is often called Lavar Karmen. Mid to lower end of the scale it is called Karmen.
Please Note: almost all old and antique rugs are associated with some minor color change (abrash), previous repair, wavy shapes, possible weak materials, missing line on the borders, diverse pattern which in a way add to the beauty of these rugs.
|Exact Size||10'10" x16'4"|